Jon Macht: From Hagerstown to Hollywood
Hagerstown native Jon Macht started his career in newspapers before going to TV, radio and eventually film. (Submitted photo / January 25, 2013)
As for directing, Macht said it's his job to bring every aspect together and capture it on film.
"You're on the set getting the actual footage that you're going to cut your film from, " he said. "And you can't leave that set until you know you got what you need — the pieces of the film, the shots that you have captured on set, to be able to go into editing.
Editing is when Macht is able to take all the components and slices the picture into the complete form.
"What I love about editing is that you are really cutting shot from shot to tell the story, and putting in the music and sound effects, to create the feelings and emotions and moods that tell your story and move your audience," he said.
And that's why he can't imagine not being a filmmaker.
"I can't image not being a director being in the editing room, and I can't imagine being a screenwriter that can't direct. I really feel like they all link together to be a filmmaker, which was always my goal," he said.
A snippet of Jon Macht's resume
Jon Macht's resume is vast. Here are just some jobs that he has worked on:
In 1994, Macht wrote and produced "Best of Comedy Live," a show that featured stand-up comedians. As director, Macht hired Allen Carter, who is now director of NBC's "The Voice." The half-hour shows featured then-unknowns: comedian-actor Jamie Kennedy; Paul Gilmartin, now host of TBS' "Dinner and a Movie"; Monica Piper who went on to be a writer for "The Simpsons; Sue Kolowinski, host "Mystery Science Theater"; K.P. Anderson, now executive producer and head writer of "The Soup"; writer-producer Mark Rains, and Sheila Conlin, who is now a producer of the shows "Hell's Kitchen" and others.
There are just too many projects to delve into in this little space, but Macht has built of his resume over the past 20 years. He worked on shows "Star Trek Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek Voyager," "Star Trek Enterprise."
Macht was also brought on by Aaron Spelling to work on "Beverly Hills 90210," "Melrose Place" and "The Roundtable."
He has also worked ain production and post-production for "American Idol" "So You Think You Can Dance," anbd as a vendor for "The Academy Awards," "The Emmys" and "The Grammy Awards."
And it seems that "Clairvoyant," a movie he co--wrote in the late 1980s with Dan Loschack, might still have a chance to make it to the big screen. The script, Macht said, was sold in 1990 with 30 agents bidding war over the script. But the movie was shelved when another film that was similar to it — "Ghost" — was released. That's when executives decided to shelve the movie, but Macht said he still has people ask him about the projects and continues to open doors to him.
"I still believe it will get made one day," he said.